When the connection between you and the other person is tenuous, as it was between myself and this woman, both parties know there's a pretty good chance this will be the only conversation the two will ever have with one another. You will meet, talk briefly about your jobs or the weather, part ways, and then, in the long run, live the rest of your lives and die without ever speaking again.
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The holiday season is underway and you know what that means -- mixing and mingling with your (and your significant other's) clients, colleagues, bosses and the spouses you probably see once a year. Personally, I find these "dos" a lot of fun, but know they can inspire anxiety in many people. With the proper preparation, you might actually find yourself enjoying these events (yes, really!).